Rev. Cameron Randle
The Rev. Cameron Randle became the 45th Rector of Eastern Shore Chapel on October 1, 2019 after serving the parish for two years as Priest-In-Charge. From 2011-2017, he served as Rector of The Churches of St. George’s Parish, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. From 2008-2011, he was Associate Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hollywood, CA.
Cameron was born in the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri but reared in Southwest Kansas, near the Oklahoma/Texas panhandle. He describes his early faith formation as 'Baptecostal'.
In the mid 1970’s, Cameron was introduced to the Episcopal Church as an undergraduate by a professor and mentor at Oral Roberts University. A decade later, he was confirmed by the Bishop of Oklahoma while attending a predominately African American parish on Tulsa’s historically segregated North Side.
Cameron earned a B.A. in history and English literature from Oral Roberts University; a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and a Certificate in International Human Rights Law & Practice from The University of London (The London School of Economics).
Prior to ordained ministry, Cameron was a personal manager for recording artists, then a senior label executive for Arista Records and The Walt Disney Company’s Hollywood Records.
After seminary at Yale, Cameron completed Clinical Pastoral Education training as a chaplain in the addiction and dual diagnostic division of Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut. He remains committed to ministering to those in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Ordained to the diaconate and to the priesthood in 2009 in the Diocese of Los Angeles by The Rt. Rev. Sergio Carranza-Gomez, retired Bishop of Mexico, Cameron has long been a proponent of multicultural ministries.
He has recently concluded a term as President of the Standing Committee (Bishop’s advisory council) of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Rev. Melody Perdue
The Rev. Melody Perdue accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector of Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in the fall of 2020. Rev. Melody is an experienced worship leader, military (and clergy) spouse and mother of five. She is married to The Rev. Hayes Perdue, an Episcopal priest and a U.S. Navy chaplain. After recently being stationed in Bahrain, Chaplain Hayes Perdue returned for a three-year billet at Naval Station Norfolk in 2021.
Melody grew up in western Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Grove City College in Grove City, PA. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago, IL. Melody has training in youth ministry from The Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge PA, pastoral care training from The Lazarus Center in Ambridge, PA; and pastoral care certification from Equipping Ministries International (EMI) through their International School of Service in Cincinnati, OH.
She has served churches as a youth pastor and worship leader in Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina, and has been involved in leading music for Diocesan youth events. She is most honored to be the mother of Nate (21), Sam (19), Anna (18), John (16), and Lydia (14), who set amazing examples of resilience and grace. Melody was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate on Ascension Day by The Rt. Rev. Rob Skirving, Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina, and was ordained a Priest on November 21, 2020.
The Rt. Rev. James "Jay" Magness
Bishop in Residence
Bishop Magness was elected VI Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries in 2010, giving him oversight of Episcopal chaplains and their congregations in the Department of Defense, the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He later served the Diocese of Southern Virginia as Bishop Pro Tempore, providing ecclesial leadership between the tenures of Diocesan Bishop Herman “Holly” Hollerith and Bishop Susan B. Haynes.
A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Bishop Magness earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology from Western Carolina University. Jay then earned a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas and a Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Christian Leadership from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
He completed a clinical pastoral education residency year at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Jay retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 with the rank of Captain, serving as command chaplain of U.S. Joint Forces Command and fleet chaplain for the U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Rev. John A. Baldwin
The Rev. John A. Baldwin retired in May 2014 after 36 years as an Episcopal priest. He served in the dioceses of Western Michigan, Washington DC, Minnesota, and for his last 17 years as Rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach. He was a 4-time deputy to General Convention from Southern Virginia and has been active in the ministries of Kairos and Cursillo.
John has been married to Ann Scherm Baldwin for 37 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. John enjoys hiking, geocaching, kayaking, and golf. In the Fall of 2015 he walked the 500 mile long Camino de Santiago in Spain. In retirement he serves as a co-chair for the Patient and Family Advisory Committee at Sentara Leigh Hospital, and he is in training to be a docent at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk.
Rabbi Israel “Izzy” Zoberman
Honorary Sr. Rabbi Scholar
We are very excited to have Rabbi Israel “Izzy” Zoberman as Eastern Shore Chapel’s first Rabbi Scholar. His official title is Honorary Sr. Rabbi Scholar, in recognition of his many years of service as the founding Rabbi of Beth Chaverim.
We have enjoyed a longstanding affiliation with Rabbi Zoberman and he is anxious to share his knowledge of the Hebrew Scripture and the Jewish faith with us.
Israel was born in Chu, Kazakhstan (USSR) to Polish Holocaust survivors. He spent his early childhood in Poland, Austria, and from 1947 to 1949, at Germany’s Wetzlar Displaced Persons Camp, American Zone. He grew up in Haifa, Israel where he served in the Israel Defense Forces in the 1960s. Israel and his wife Jennifer have been married for 45 years and are the proud grandparents of Daniel and Andrew.
We look forward to seeing him around the church campus for many years to come and greatly anticipate his mutual ministry with us. There are only a handful of churches in the U.S. that have the distinct honor of having a Rabbi Scholar and we are thrilled to join their company!
Rev. Marni Schneider
Marni Schneider was born and raised in northern Ohio and studied at Purdue for 2 years before relocating to Hawaii in 1963. After a year in paradise, she moved to the Los Angeles area where she lived for 35 years. Marni worked in television production in Hollywood for 15 years, doing mostly live tv and recorded variety shows (like “Cher") and completing her TV years as Coordinating Producer of News and Public Affairs at the local PBS station. She graduated from CDSP, the Episcopal seminary in Berkeley and was ordained a priest in 1986. She served in several parishes in the Diocese of Los Angeles before moving to Virginia Beach in 2000. After completing an interim at St. John’s in Hampton, Marni joined the staff at St. Thomas, Chesapeake, where she worked for 5 years. Officially retired at age 65, she was then called as Vicar at St. Simon’s in Sandbridge, a position she held for 10 years.